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I hope you all had an uplifting and inspiring Rosh Hashana.  Here in Oswego, my sons and I walked for miles to blow shofar for those who couldn’t make it to services.  They were so happy to walk through town and meet some of the Jewish community that we don’t always get to see as much as we’d like.

This Tuesday is the 6th of Tishrei, the yortzeit (anniversary of the passing) of Rebbitzin Chana, the Lubavitcher Rebbe’s mother.  She was a woman who had such tremendous self sacrifice for Torah and mitzvot.

There’s a famous story of her devotion to G-d when her husband, the Rebbe’s father, Rabbi Levi Yitzchok, had no ink with which to write his Torah thoughts and commentaries.  Rebbetzin Chana would go out to pick berries, mash them and make homemade ink out of them in order that words of Torah could be written.

It is customary during the week between Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur to take on a mitzvah in which you are not normally careful. It doesn’t have to be making homemade ink to write down Torah thoughts or exiling yourself like the Rebbe’s parents.  Perhaps it’s putting on tefillin or keeping kosher.  Maybe it’s giving more tzedakah or praying more.

Whatever it is, you’ll be keeping in the spirit of those like Rebbetzin Chana who’ve given so much to and for the Jewish people.  You’ll be in great company!

G’mar chasima tova!
May you be completely sealed for good!
~Rabbi Yossi

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